Hi GaryHi Student:
I do not disagree with this conclusion, being born again is for a limited group of people the Bible calls them the elect, predestinated, chosen, ordained, saved, redeemed, born again, called.
All these are names are for thosee [limited ones] when Jesus said in John 15:16, He said, You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit,,,"
Now I understand many do not like this idea at all because it leaves self out of the equation and they just cannot have that can they? God has to do all the work in saving one thus He gets all the glory and that is how it should be that is, all glory goes to the work of God in ones salvation John 6:29. Thank you. Gary.
You believe that a person must become born again before he can understand the Bible," right! Then why was the Bible written? A study of Gods Word has always been a prerequisite for those who would gain the favor and approval of the Most High God, Jehovah. Kings, priests, parents, men, women, and childrenrich and poor alikewere instructed to take time from the everyday affairs of life to give serious and prayerful consideration to the recorded Word of God.(Deuteronomy 6:6, 7; 17:18-20; 31:9-12; Nehemiah 8:8; Psalm 1:1, 2; 119:7-11, 72, 98-100, 104, 142; Proverbs 3:13-18)
Before Jesus ascension to heaven, he made it clear that he wanted a great program of Bible education to continue earth wide.(Acts 1:8) He knew that the Bible was meant to be understood. After explaining that Jehovah had given him all authority in heaven and on earth, he issued the direct command:Go therefore and make disciples [or, learners] of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you.(Matthew 28:19, 20)
Prior to baptism, new disciples had to be taught about Jehovah, his Son, and the operation of the holy spirit. Additionally, they had to be instructed in the law of the Christian system of things.(1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2) To achieve this result, deserving ones needed to believe first that the Bible was from Jehovah and second that it was meant to be understood.(Matthew 10:11-13)
What is required on your part to understand the Bible? The Son of God went out of his way to explain the Scriptures. He knew that the Holy Writings are true and that they contain the expressed will of Jehovah.(John 17:17) Regarding his assignment of work, Jesus Christ said:I was born and came into the world for this one purpose, to speak about the truth. Whoever belongs to the truth listens to me.(John 18:37, TEV; Luke 4:43)
Did you know that those who are born again are to rule as kings and priest, ruling with Christ?(Rev. 20:6; 5:9, 10) Jesus said that these would be just a little flock.(Luke 12:32)
If they are kings, there must also be subjects over whom they will rule. Who will these be?... Here are some points that I found to be very interesting when they were drawn to my attention.
(Ps. 37:11, 29
11- But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth,
And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.
29- The righteous themselves will possess the earth,
And they will reside forever upon it.
Prov. 2:21, 22
21- For the upright are the ones that will reside in the earth, and the blameless are the ones that will be left over in it. 22- As regards the wicked, they will be cut off from the very earth; and as for the treacherous, they will be torn away from it.)
Have a great day, Student John 3:16